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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Feb 8, 2012 8:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - 48 years ago

Well, I lived thru it as an impressionable 12 yr old, so I can give one perspective.

Contrary to your post, this was about the time men began losing their hats and women began wearing more pants. The Donna Reed Show was a patent lie - American families did not look like hers, although we still dressed nice for church. It was a time of rapid and definitive change. Musically - away from doo-wop and crooners like Bobby Vinton, towards a whole new scene with Bob Dylan, Peter Paul Mary and Joan Baez leading the folk charge, The Beatles and Stones on a British invasion, Motown coming on strong with the Supremes and Four Tops, and Beach Boys riding the surf.

You're correct to note a pivot point - the assassination of our first Catholic president in 63 shocked the nation deeply, the escalation of the Vietnam war, ML King's March and subsequent Nobel Prize in 64, LBJ's Great Society, the Women's Liberation movement... these things mark a country and society in great and rapid change. Protest was only a baby step further.